The indecent foreign dance called the Waltz was introduced … at the English Court on Friday last … It is quite sufficient to cast one’s eyes on the voluptuous intertwining of the limbs, and close compressure of the bodies … to see that it is far indeed removed from the modest reserve which has hitherto been considered distinctive of English females. So long as this obscene display was confined to prostitutes and adulteresses, we did not think it deserving of notice; but now that it is … forced on the respectable classes of society by the evil example of their superiors, we feel it a duty to warn every parent against exposing his daughter to so fatal a contagion.
During the afternoon, 1,880 people joined in Lake Geneva’s second attempt to hop for five minutes straight and claim the World’s Longest Bunny Hop.
Organizers are hopeful that their latest attempt will break the current record of 1,501 participants jumping together in 2002 in Detroit Lakes, Minn., according to the Guinness Book of World’s Records.
For a while, it used to make me really happy that the show offended people and they got outraged. It always felt to me like we were Daffy Duck and there was a world of Elmer Fudds out there. But now even the Elmer Fudds have realized that you can’t mess with us, and so they pretend to like it, and I know they really don’t.
Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has been producing lava flows since 1983 without a break, despite a history of much shorter eruptions. The volcano on the Mediterranean island of Stromboli has been spitting out molten rock for at least 2,400 years. (An “open vent” at Stromboli allows magma to emerge almost continuously, with little explosions every 20 minutes or so.) At least 14 other volcanoes have been erupting for more than 30 years.
Meanwhile, Pitchfork has a review (from last friday) of some new Beatles collection. The first three paragraphs are a wonderful illustration for why I rarely try to read the actual text of PF’s reviews (and never finish the ones I start): the writer uses the review assignment as an excuse to bore us with his short thesis on the Beatles in popular culture as well as his personal relationship to them. Thanks for that buddy.
In the three-step process of lethal injection, the first drug is supposed to deaden the excruciating pain that is caused by the third drug, which is the one that kills. However, some people are concerned that really the pain is just being masked by the second, paralyzing drug. These worries are legitimate because at least a few states have no trained medical professionals involved in the process.
Critics say the only way to ensure the sedative dosage is adequate is to have trained medical personnel on hand to administer the drug and monitor its levels. That, however, would violate the canons of medical ethics forbidding doctors, nurses and other medical professionals from participating in a killing.
“There are smarter drug cocktails to use where you have less concern [about suffering], but the problem is compounded by people who have no idea what they are doing,” said Dr. Leonidas Koniaris, a University of Miami physician who has done research on lethal injections.